Coupe de France 16emes : SAS Epinal v Olympique Marseille

CDF 2018

OM go into their last 32 tie against amateurs SAS Epinal in great form in 2018 – four games played, four wins and no goals conceded. But the manner in which they beat lower league opposition in Valenciennes in the last round gives some concern as to how seriously Rudi Garcia’s team are taking the cup competition. The match provides a […]

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Coupe de France 32emes : Olympique Marseille v Valenciennes

CDF 2018

Marseille encounter old foes Valenciennes in the first weekend of 2018 as part of the round of 64 in the Coupe de France. On the first anniversary of Frank McCourt’s first transfer window as the figurehead of the club – in which the likes of Dimitri Payet and Morgan Sanson were signed, question marks still remain regarding the direction OM […]

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Coupe de la Ligue 8emes – goalkeeping heroics and officiating fails

Rennes v OM CDL

This midweek saw the Coupe de la Ligue huitiemes (round of 16) as the European teams joined in with a schedule featuring only one survivor from Ligue 2, lanterne rouge Tours. The junior cup competition in France may not be the most intriguing, and with the European teams having played twice a week since the international break, and two Ligue […]

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Champions League and Europa League Draws: All Winnable, All Losable

PSG v LOSC

This week’s draw for the first knock-out stage of the Champions League and Europa League handed the four remaining French teams some intriguing ties. None are straightforward, all are losable, but they are all winnable too, and will provide a good challenge to PSG, Lyon, Nice and Marseille. PSG vs Real Madrid It’s probably a safe assumption that this would […]

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FFW Podcast : Win lose or draws

OM v ASSE

After a week out, Kris is joined by Jez and Phil to round up game 17, PSG’s Champions’ League campaign, Disneyland, the draw for the European knock-out rounds, some mild Coupe de la Ligue action, and what the hell is happening to Saint-Etienne right now. Lille were on a bit of an up after Marcelo Bielsa moved on, but are still in […]

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Europa Preview : Lyon, Marseille and Nice all still second

Konyaspor v OM

The final round of the Europa league sees only one game that will decide if a French team goes through, as Marseille host Salzburg in Group I. Elsewhere as predicted it’s a straight shoot-out between Atalanta and Lyon for top spot in Group E, as they are level on 11 points with the Italian team ahead on goal difference, and Nice travel […]

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Europa Preview : Nice, Marseille and Lyon all in second place

OL v Everton

The group stages of the European competitions are getting to the interesting bit, so while Monaco have fairly fundamentally screwed up their Champions League campaign while PSG are cheerfully laying waste to all before them so far, the Europa League teams are all sitting in second place in their groups after four games. Group K – OGC Nice v Zulte Waregem […]

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FFW Podcast : Leaves on the Line

Fekir shirt tribute crop

After a day’s delay, with Kris out injured, Phil, Jez and Rich get together to discuss Amiens, Lille, Fekir, Nice, Monaco and the upcoming Breton Derby, before a large chunk of the pod is rendered redundant as Bielsa is “momentarily suspended” shortly after we finish recording. If you have any questions for next week, send them over on Twitter @FrenchFtWeekly, or leave a comment […]

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